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Dr. Robert M. Addison

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Dr. Robert M. Addison

Great Falls —Robert (Bob) Addison was born on December 25, 1928 to Mary and John Addison in Great Falls. He died of natural causes on March 8, 2014 after 85 years well lived.

He attended grade school in Great Falls, and completed High School at Shattuck School in Faribault, MN. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1950 from Northwestern University at Evanston, IL. He then completed medical school at the Nonwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL and received his MD in 1953 and interned at the Evanston Hospital from 1953-54. Robert then served for two years as a flight surgeon in the Air Force at Malmstrom Air Force Base after training at the School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph Air Force Base in Texas.Dr. Addison took his Internal Medicine post graduate training at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine from 1958-1960, after which he moved back to Great Falls to establish his Internal Medicine practice. He brought many new medical technologies to Great Falls, but the most satisfying part of his practice was to be able help many of his patients and be included in their lives. He retired from medicine in 1995, having practiced for 37 fulfilling years. He served as president of the MT chapter of the American Heart Association as well as the American Thoracic Society. He also served as president of the medical staff at both the Columbus and Deaconess hospitals. In 1952, he and Ethel Jean Jones were married, and they had five children. They later divorced and she preceded him in death in 2004. In 1973 Bob and Ouida Lowrimore Baggett were married and they had 40 wonderful years together! In addition to Medicine and Ouida, Robert had many passions which included spending time with his family mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, bicycling and playing racquet ball. In his younger years was an avid handball competitor. In his later years he developed a keen interest in Duplicate Bridge and was a Silver Life Master. He also enjoyed Classical Music, Math, Literature, and most of all, sharing with friends and family.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents: John Hamilton Addison and Mary Merceron Addison Robinson; his brother John (Jack) and sister Mary Christine Peterson; step Father Fred H. Robinson; step brothers Brooks Robinson, Al Robinson and David Robinson; and step son Roy E. Baggett, Jr.

Robert is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ouida; sons John (Polly) Addison and Brice (Cindy) Addison; daughters Mary (Mitch) Stelling, Elizabeth (Dan) O'Connor, and Ann (Kurt) Zylstra; and step son Darryl Baggett. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 3 surrogate granddaughters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the UCC/CUM church 2900 9th Ave S on March 16, at 3pm, with a reception to follow the service.

Memorials would be welcome at The Great Falls Symphony, McLaughlin Research Center, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, or organizations of the Donor's choosing.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 12, 2014
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